THE Coalition will rely on the private sector to offer high-speed broadband to 97 per cent of the population by 2016, two years ahead of Labor’s plan.
It has pledged to spend $6.31 billion over seven years to provide Australians with faster broadband using a mix of technologies.
The scheme includes $2.75bn to the construction of an optic fibre backhaul network but also relies on at least another $750 million from the private sector.
An Abbott government will scrap the (NBN), including Labor’s $11bn deal with Telstra to use its infrastructure, and replace it with a plan to stimulate investment in backhaul fibre networks, fixed wireless networks in metropolitan, rural and regional Australia and improve DSL services.
The Coalition is promising that 97 per cent of households will get speeds of up to 100 megabits per second – and a minimum of 12 megabits – by 2016 through a mixture of HFC (hybrid fibre-coaxial) cable, DSL and fixed wireless services.
It will spend $750m to upgrade existing telephony exchanges so they can deliver improved broadband services to a greater number of households.
Broadly, the Coalition wants to leave the matter to market forces, and let potential broadband service providers fight it out amongst themselves — a scenario internet users face today.
Via The Australian